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ERIC Number: ED428273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 65
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"Dyslexia" in ABE: Beliefs and Consequences.
Kerr, Hugo
Twelve adult basic education (ABE) providers who were pursuing a master of education degree by distance learning completed a questionnaire consisting of 39 open-ended questions about a wide range of aspects of dyslexia in ABE. Of the 12 respondents, 3 were convinced that dyslexia is real, 3 were unconvinced, and 6 were at least somewhat doubtful that it is a real neurological deficit. The respondents generally expressed an acute awareness of variability in dyslexia's "clinical picture" and the consequent difficulty in generalizing about it. Only six respondents offered a definition of dyslexia, and only one specifically stated that the condition is caused by a neurological deficit. Most of the definitions were highly unspecific. Opinion regarding the incidence of dyslexia varied widely: two respondents said it was 20-25% and over 25%, whereas one respondent said it was 1-5%. Most respondents were reluctant to assess students in ABE because they regarded assessment per se as threatening to the morale of students with a history of negative experiences in education. Only three respondents considered psychometric tests useful with ABE students. Respondents' expectations of students who had attracted a diagnosis of dyslexia were very limited: only four expected any progress at all. (Contains 150 references) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)